This week I spent 5 hours sitting in the orthodontist’s office with Leah. For this pleasure, I plunked down $4725.00, and we still have $1600 remaining to pay over the next 9 months. Lovely.
Here is Leah, just hours after the braces were applied.
I think it is pretty neat that the money I earned from writing over the past several months was $4700 – just $25 shy of what we needed to get Leah’s braces started. It reminds me of a day almost 15 years ago when the caseworker from our adoption agency called and asked us if we would consider adopting Leah. We had NO money since we had just paid adoption fees for David and Miriam in the previous year. We said “yes” anyway, confident the Lord would provide the money we needed.
The week before she was born, my publisher sent me a royalty check for the exact amount we needed for her fees, plus an extra $40 for us to go out to dinner and celebrate. What was even neater was that the books had gone to the printer nine months prior to the payment – at the same time Leah was conceived. And to think, some people don’t believe that God really cares about the details of our lives. Posh! I know He is all about the details.
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Luke 12:6-8 (New American Standard Bible)